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Popular Culture and the Deep Past, 2015 - Events

There and Back Again: Tolkien in 2015 

Additional Attractions:


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Orton Geological Museum, Orton Hall

6:00-8:00 pm 



6:30 pm, Orton Hall room 110

Poetry and Flash Fiction Reading

Featuring Paige Quiñones and Molly Olguin


Creative Arts Room, Lower Level of the Ohio Union


9:00 am-12 noon 

Calligraphy Guild of Columbus

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Eric Johnson (Ohio State – Rare Books & Manuscripts), 

Mary-Allen Johnson (Ohio State – Hilandar Research Library)

Bradford Eden (Valparaiso U. – Library Services)

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Medieval Swords Display


Tolkien Artworks

Featuring Bradford Eden (Valparaiso University, Library Services)

Book signing

Followed by a book signing (The Hobbit in Tolkien's Mythology: Essays on Revisions and Influences)

Copies available for purchase on-site; cash or checks payable to "The Ohio State University Foundation"

Dance Room 1, Lower Level of the Ohio Union

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Children's Room and Game Room: Arts and Games for enthusiasts of all ages!

  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

  • The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

  • Hobbit Tales

  • The Hobbit Card Game

  • Smaug Dragon Puzzle

Dance Room 2, Lower Level of the Ohio Union

10:00 am

Medieval Dancing

The Medieval and Renaissance Performer's Guild offers participants a lesson in the art of medieval dance.


2:30 pm

Medieval Dancing

David Sweeten (The Ohio State University) teaches participants the art of medieval dance and leads you along as you learn the steps.

4:30 pm

Stage Combat

The Medieval and Renaissance Performer's Guild brings some hits! Learn the strikes, holds, and grapples of early modern combat in this staged demonstration.

Lower Level Foyer, Ohio Union

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Alexandras Adornments

A vendor from the Ohio Renaissance Festival specializes in making jewelry, renaissance feather fans, mini top hats... and more!

Exhibit & Demonstration

Professor Richard Janda and student Morgan Smith (of Indiana University) will present samples of an invented language, discuss a Tolkien in-class activity ("The Adventures of Sage Alforge"), and play recorded excerpts of student projects that involve music, translation, or (other) conlangs.


Hagerty 046, Hagerty Hall


Screening of a lecture by Tom Shippey delivered at The Ohio State University in 2006

Facilitated by Professor James McNelis III

(Wilmington College)

Hagerty 180, Hagerty Hall


9:30 am

Film Screening #1:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)


Falconry Demonstration

Featuring Joe Dorrian (falconer)

Introduced by Professor James McNelis III (Wilmington College)

2:30 pm

Film Screening # 2:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Maudine Cow Room

4:30-6:00 pm

Video Game Workshop

Presider: Carole Robinson, Kent State University-- Trumbull

(Interested participants need to provide their own laptops with wifi capabilities in order to access and play along).


Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, or in Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

  • Tolkien Conference call for papers.
  • Tolkien Days registration form
    • ​Registration Deadline: Wednesday February 18!!!!
  • Hotel Accommodations: We have group rooms reserved at Hampton Inn & Suites (501 N. High Street). To make a reservation, please call  614-559-2000 and use the code TOL . You can also go to the website and use the promotional group code TOL.